Four and 1/2 years ago, my body decided to attack itself with such ferocity I went from walking to wheelchair in 30 days. I went from being a competitive athlete, Coach and trainer to a drooling, vomiting bed and chair-ridden shell of myself, riddled with excruciating pain I had never experienced in my life-time. After several hospitalizations, surgeries, biopsies with no explanation as to why my body was failing on me, I thankfully stumbled across The American Autoimmune and Related Diseases Organziation (AARDA). I realized I was not the only person who was suffering. This Organization has saved me. The interaction within the Organization and it's members has been phenomenal to say the least. Through grassroots fundraisers, walks, International Summits, newsletters this Organization has provided so much information for it's members. I have helped organize 2 grassroots fundraisers, raising over $5K this year alone for AARDA. We could NOT have done it without AARDA's help! They provided fliers, banners, shirts, rubber bracelets, etc.! They were awesome! Treatment for these diseases is sketchy, at best. These diseases seem to be in the 'infantile' stage of awareness and funding. Millions of people are fighting these diseases all on their own which, and I can tell you from experiencing the fight every hour of every day, can be incredibly depressing and lonely. AARDA has done an amazing job in helping to get the word out, increase funding, finding and getting approached by well known researchers, scientists, doctors and specialists who want to be involved with AARDA. I and my family have benefited tremendously by being a part of the AARDA family.